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11-03-2006, 10:08 PM
<A HREF="http://www.cnn.com/2006/AUTOS/11/03/ford_escape_fires/index.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2006/AUTOS/....html</A><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><FONT SIZE="4"><br>U.S. investigates Ford Escape SUV fires</FONT><br><b><br>Investigation opened after reports of fires in the engine compartments of parked SUVs.</b><p><br>NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The National Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into reports of fires in some Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute small SUVs.<p>Ford Motor Co. owns a controlling interest in Mazda and the Escape and Tribute are different versions of the same vehicle. The vehicles involved in the investigation are from model years 2001 to 2003.<p>The Mercury Mariner is another version of the same small SUV, but it has not been named in the investigation. It was not introduced until the 2005 model year.<p>The government auto safety agency started an official investigation after receiving eight separate complaints of fires in the engine compartments of Ford Escape SUVs. Two other complaints alleged "fire-related phenomena," such as sparks, melted electrical connectors or smoke, in the same area of the vehicles.<p>The fires originated in or near the anti-lock braking system (ABS) control module.<p>No injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the fires. The fires occurred when the vehicles were parked.<p>The ABS control module is powered at all times, even when the vehicle is parked. A similar module was the subject of earlier recallsexternal link of large Ford trucks and SUVs but, the agency's report states, the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute SUVs use a different module.<p>"We are aware of the complaints and we are cooperating with the agency," said Kristen Kinley, a spokeswoman for Ford.</TD></TR></TABLE>